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Forsyth County pursuing grants for connectivity of Lake Lanier parks

Changes could be coming to a couple of parks along Lake Lanier if Forsyth County is able secure federal grant funding.

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Gainesville man dedicates life to family after prison program, but others can backslide

Gainesville man dedicates life to family after prison program, but others can backslide

After two years behind bars, Stacy McIntosh wants to leave the street life behind him.

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Bill to fund Georgia transportation has a rough ride so far

The transportation funding bill in the Georgia legislature has had a bumpy ride so far, and the grumbling isn’t just coming from people outside the Gold Dome.

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Hall targets $1.3M deficit in housing program

Hall targets $1.3M deficit in housing program

Since 2009, nearly 60 abandoned or foreclosed homes in Hall County have been purchased, renovated and sold to low-income families under the federal grant-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

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YMCA’s indoor triathlon draws big crowd of athletes who defy age

YMCA’s indoor triathlon draws big crowd of athletes who defy age

Angie Beccue, Health and Wellness Director at the J.A. Walters Family YMCA, is always seeking to keep people motivated to state active.

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Freezing rain possible overnight in area

Saturday's welcome day of sunshine and milder temperatures will give way to a chance of freezing rain overnight as March comes in more like a lion than a lamb.

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Summer job-seekers flock to Lanier Islands

Seasonal job seekers gathered Saturday at Lake Lanier Islands, where more than 400 positions need to be filled.

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Lanier Islands looks to fill 100 summer jobs at Saturday event

If you’re wondering about how to make an extra buck this summer, Lanier Islands Resort may have your answer.

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Jayla Williams chosen for top honor at Hall Boys & Girls Clubs

Jayla Williams chosen for top honor at Hall Boys & Girls Clubs

When Jayla Williams walks into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, she knows she’s following in her father’s footsteps.

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Duplex fire temporarily displaces 8 residents

A small kitchen fire Friday forced eight people out of their home to stay with relatives until repairs are made.

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Hall County fire officials warn of donation scam

Hall County Fire Services have received reports of impostors attempting to take donations.

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Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

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Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

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5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring

5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring

Five people from across North Georgia were arrested Tuesday in the continued “dismantling of a local methamphetamine trafficking network,” authorities said, that is suspected of handling more than 10 pounds of the drug.

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Fathers and daughters dance the night away

Fathers and daughters dance the night away

A popular song started blaring and girls screamed, starting to move to the music.

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'Tale of two cities’ makes decision to close schools tough

In Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Thursday, the overnight snow quickly turned to slush and what little ice remained on the pavements had melted by mid-morning.

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New Forsyth County courthouse on schedule for March opening

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Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

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Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

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Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

If you were expecting Snowmageddon 2015 on Thursday, what you got in Gainesville was more like Snow-meh.

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Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

School was out and snow was on the ground, so people in Hall County were ready to have some fun Thursday.

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Regulators OK tougher rules for Internet providers

Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

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Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

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Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

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Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement’s 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

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Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

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Weather closings, delays, cancellations

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State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day — the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 — a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

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Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County’s Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge’s ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Johnson High School students improving church playground

Johnson High School students improving church playground

Playing in nature is a proven way to improve a child’s development.

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Man charged with enticing girl following undercover operation

Authorities arrested a Dahlonega man accused of enticing a child for sexual purposes.

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Eyes on the Road: Green group says transit needs emphasis in new roads bill

City and county government officials statewide aren’t the only ones upset about the General Assembly’s proposed Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

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Career coach helps boost area employment

Career coach helps boost area employment

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there wasn’t a rush on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s Workforce Development Career Coach as it opened its doors Tuesday morning in Flowery Branch.

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Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County’s emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

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Students learn at home during snow days

While a dusting of snow kept teachers and students at home Tuesday, it didn’t keep them from teaching and learning.

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State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center

A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child’s injury at a local child care provider.

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Medical marijuana bill passes key hurdle in state legislature

ATLANTA — A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.

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Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists

Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists

Work done on the railroad going through Flowery Branch should provide a smoother ride for vehicles and trains alike.

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North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

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Ice queen Elsa arrested as snowstorm bears down on Gainesville

Ice queen Elsa arrested as snowstorm bears down on Gainesville

Gainesville Police couldn’t let it go any longer.

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Snow leaving some roads slick in North Hall

Snow leaving some roads slick in North Hall

Some roads are slick this morning in Hall County following a dusting of snow.

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Power company, county still working at Laurel Park

Power company, county still working at Laurel Park

Power companies worked feverishly last week to restore power to tens of thousands, but there was still work to be done Monday at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

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The Local Agenda: Voting on sales tax underway

In the first day of early voting to decide the fate of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, 110 Hall County voters cast ballots, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

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Oakwood delays action on residential parking ordinance

A proposal to limit parking in the front of houses in Oakwood will get further study from the city’s planning commission.

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Hall County, Gainesville City schools to make up lost class time creatively

After nearly a week of winter weather, Hall County and Gainesville schools will get creative to make up missed class time.

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Hall County Schools leaning toward becoming IE2 system

The Hall County Board of Education is considering giving its strongest schools a bit more flexibility.

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Armed robbery case moving to Superior Court

A Hall County man accused of armed robbery and aggravated assault had his case moved forward to Superior Court.

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Rape case committal hearing continued to March

A case involving a 16-year-old accused of rape was continued to a later date.

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Lone tennis court repair bid for Deaton Creek fails to satisfy

Spring may arrive without fixes to a troubled tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek neighborhood in Hoschton.

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Suspect’s ex-wife, Flowery Branch man killed in Clarkesville shooting

Suspect’s ex-wife, Flowery Branch man killed in Clarkesville shooting

A former deputy shot and killed his ex-wife and wounded the Habersham County sheriff and a deputy in an ambush Sunday night at a Clarkesville home, authorities said.

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Hall jailer arraigned on bribery, smuggling charges

Hall jailer arraigned on bribery, smuggling charges

A Hall County jailer has been arraigned on federal charges that he accepted bribes and smuggled contraband into the jail.

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Forecast calls for wintry mix tonight

A winter weather advisory for much of North Georgia calls for a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight, though less than an inch of snow in the Gainesville area.

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SPLOST money would help N. Hall cities mainly with parks and infrastructure

SPLOST money would help N. Hall cities mainly with parks and infrastructure

The money isn’t huge, especially spread over five years, and would be used mainly for routine projects, but it’s vital nonetheless, said government officials in the cities of North Hall County.

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Class Notes: State board says yes to traditional math options

Georgia public schools can now teach the math most people know best.

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Marco’s Pizza opening on Thompson Bridge Road this week

Marco’s Pizza opening on Thompson Bridge Road this week

The fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. will soon be open in Gainesville.

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Habersham sheriff, deputy wounded in shooting

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and a deputy were shot and wounded Sunday in Clarkesville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

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Gainesville woman delivers baby during ice storm

Alexa entered the world last week while most of Hall County was in the dark.

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Hall County, Gainesville City schools to discuss making up snow days

Last week’s winter storms meant happy students and possibly less happy parents.

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Hall County Board of Commissioners to discuss lingering issues today

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will address several lingering issues when it meets for a work session today.

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3 people escape East Hall fire unharmed

Three people escaped uninjured from an early Sunday house fire in East Hall.

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Area high schools excel in AP courses

Some of the most advanced students in the state are from Hall County and Gainesville schools.

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Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

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Power failure led to medical issues for some

When the power goes out, the time on the air supply ticks down for those dependent on in-home oxygen.

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Cleaning chimneys can reduce fire risk

As cold weather continues to grip North Georgia, homeowners forced inside may begin to notice more how their homes could use a good sweep or vacuuming.

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Local Disabled American Veterans’ chapter gives back

Local Disabled American Veterans’ chapter gives back

Electric wheelchairs are scattered through an area of the Gainesville warehouse, some intact and some clearly needing parts.

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No more ice, just rain in forecast for weekend

No more ice, just rain in forecast for weekend

North Georgia was braced for a second winter storm Friday night, but forecasts of ice accumulation didn't materialize in most areas.

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Oakwood, Buford to use sales tax for routine projects

For some of the smaller cities in Hall County, sales tax revenue means assistance in routine infrastructure maintenance.

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Challenged Child and Friends school holding open houses to welcome community, boost awareness

Challenged Child and Friends school holding open houses to welcome community, boost awareness

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Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia’s poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

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Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents’ home.

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Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week’s ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

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Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

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Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

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Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

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